The Colorado Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that former President Donald Trump is ineligible to appear on the state’s primary ballot. This ruling came in the wake of a national legal challenge that surfaced as the former president pursued the Republican nomination for 2024.
In a 4-3 decision, the Supreme Court determined that Trump is ineligible to run for office under a provision of the 14th Amendment that bars individuals who have participated in insurrection.
“We conclude that because President Trump is disqualified from holding the office of President under Section Three (of the 14th Amendment), it would be a wrongful act under the Election Code for the Secretary to list President Trump as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot,” the court’s majority wrote in its opinion. “Therefore, the Secretary may not list President Trump’s name on the 2024 presidential primary ballot, nor may she count any write-in votes cast for him.”
“We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” wrote the court’s majority. “We are mindful of the magnitude and weight of the questions now before us. We are likewise mindful of our solemn duty to apply the law, without fear or favor, and without being swayed by public reaction to the decisions that the law mandates we reach.”
It is almost certain that Trump’s legal team will file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court. In the event that an appeal is filed, the state Supreme Court has postponed its decision until January 4, the day prior to the state’s deadline for certifying the primary ballots.
Should an appeal be filed, the state will be obligated to include Trump’s name on the March 5 primary ballot, unless an alternative order is issued by the federal justices.
The Trump campaign immediately released a statement following the ruling.
“Unsurprisingly, the all-Democrat appointed Colorado Supreme Court has ruled against President Trump, supporting a Soros-funded, left-wing group’s scheme to interfere in an election on behalf of Crooked Joe Biden by removing President Trump’s name from the ballot and eliminating the rights of Colorado voters to vote for the candidate of their choice. Democrat Party leaders are in a state of paranoia over the growing, dominant lead President Trump has amassed in the polls. They have lost faith in the failed Biden presidency and are now doing everything they can to stop the American voters from throwing them out of office next November. The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight and we will swiftly file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court and a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision. We have full confidence that the U.S. Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor and finally put an end to these unAmerican lawsuits.” —Steven Cheung, Trump Campaign Spokesman
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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